Today we are seeing photos of Ray Jones’s garden.
My garden is on new construction. This was a pasture a few years ago and is in Palo, Iowa, Zone 4b/5a. I grow a mix of perennials, tropicals, and annuals. Much of the yard is still in process.
My favorites this year were the petunias ‘Vista Fuschia’ and ‘Vista Paradise’ (Zones 10–11 or as annuals). People stop and take pictures of the front of the house.
This is one of the allium hybrids, either ‘Millenium’ or the very similar ‘Serendipity’ (both Zones 4–8). Unlike the spring-blooming bulbous alliums, which flower and then go dormant, this is one of the summer-blooming rhizomatous alliums, which flower heavily and have foliage that stays green and attractive the whole growing season. In front, masses of bright annual vinca (Catharanthus roseus, Zones 10–11 or as an annual) bloom.
This swallowtail butterfly is a big fan of the allium blooms as well.
The front of the house includes a blaze of color from the petunias. You can see why this planting is literally stopping traffic!
Behind the masses of brilliant petunias is a row of caladiums (Caladium hybrid, Zones 9–11 or as tender bulbs) with nearly entirely white leaves. Caladiums are often recommended for shade, but they can grow in more sun, especially if temperatures are cooler and they have plenty of water.
Behind the blaze of petunias, a tall canna (Canna hybrid, Zones 7–11 or as a tender bulb) with bright yellow-striped foliage adds more color to the planting.
Cannas don’t just have colorful foliage; they have beautiful flowers as well.
Coleus (Plectranthus scutellarioides, Zones 10–11 or as an annual) is the king of colorful foliage, with varieties that will thrive in sun or shade.
A bright yellow coneflower (Echinacea hybrid, Zones 4–9)
And a coneflower in brilliant orange. The early colorful coneflower hybrids were beautiful but tended not to last long in the garden. The newer breeding has produced better garden plants that are more reliably perennial and that flower like crazy.
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I love seeing the different styles of homes and gardens -yours is beautiful and a great design for a modern home!
I am so amazed at how luminous your allium hybrid is!
I've never heard of them before...you have inspired me to try to find some space in the sun in my own garden to squeeze some in!
Also great butterfly photo!
I just love the variety of plants that you have in your garden—so beautiful and so colourful! How lovely for people passing by to view such a masterpiece! Thanks for sharing.
Love the coneflowers.
The flowers are like flames! So pretty!
Wow - how colorful and lush, Ray! What are you feeding your petunias that they are so full and bright?
I love it when people take the time to photograph their garden & you have done a wonderful job! Very nice!!
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